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Nova Scotia native overcomes a damaging revelation

Veteran author Harry Thurston capped a climactic literary evening at the Grad House in Halifax by reading from a memoir about losing a big, two-hearted river. The Nova Scotia native, who is slated, as vice-chair, to become chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, gave a bravura
performance, and so managed to overcome the damaging revelation that he winters in Portugal. As one of those authors -- 25 books and counting -- who will join the roster of mentors in the MFA program in CNF at King's College, Thurston marvelled at the talent
of those five readers who preceded him. They included Beth Hitchcock and Terra Duncan Bruhm, pictured here, and Jen Powley, Gina Woolsley, and Fiona Campbell, several of whom moved the audience to laughter and near tears. Obviously, you should have been there.
Ken McGoogan
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David Hayes said...

A great evening. The MFA candidates who read were all wonderful as was Harry Thurston, whose work I used to regularly read in Equinox. -- david

Before turning mainly to books about arctic exploration and Canadian history, Ken McGoogan worked for two decades as a journalist at major dailies in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. He teaches creative nonfiction writing through the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at King’s College in Halifax. Ken served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, has written recently for Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic, and Maclean’s, and sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian. Based in Toronto, he has given talks and presentations across Canada, from Dawson City to Dartmouth, and in places as different as Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Hobart.